June 23, 2018 Subject:
Thirty Years Later
This was my 5th show. I overdid it the first two nights, and then got some much needed sleep over the next two days. I arrived at this show refreshed and wide awake and that Iko opener had everyone dancing and laughing and loving it! I remember feeling SO GREAT and like I had never seen so much color! LOL
At the time I didn't know many songs, but this concert has always stuck with me. I knew enough to realize when Jerry broke out Believe or Not that it was a new song. How lucky to get such a rare treat. The Morning Dew brought tears to my eyes and the Blackbird, while flubbed, made everyone laugh, including Brent, and that was when I first felt like part of the group. This show made me a Deadhead! I love that Dead and Co. is playing Alpine again tonight and wish I could be there.
December 29, 2011 Subject:
What Jeff said
Great review by Jeff.
I was at this run as well and can honestly say I've never been worked harder physically than at this 4 day run over 5 days, where it was 110 degree's every day! The corn weas ankle high and brown by the 4th of July in Wisconsin that year, I was so happy to get back to Florida where it was cool and balmy, but I digress. There were 50,000 people camped there that week and if I recall a show was scheduled there on the off night(day 3 of 5) Can't remember who(Dylan?). Boy did those fans get an eyefull. People camped out on the greens of the golf course (playin thru!) My general recollection is that we got 2 shows on, 2 shows off. They were breaking out Foolish, Victim, and others off soon to be released Built to Last. These songs definitely matured greatly in the next year and a half. They were pretty raw at the time. I do remember this show as the best/most fun of the run. Maybe the only show where I heard 2 breakout tunes, the first being Believe it or Not which knocked my socks off. I love country Jerry ballads and this one oozed soul. A Hunter-Jer to boot! Too bad it was only played like 4 times oh well. The other being Blackbird (btw, the track listed here as Brokedown is actually Blackbird>Brokedown, and the messed up Blackbird really isn't that bad on second listen, 23 years later. I could go on and on. Great fun 88 show.
...a soundboard of this show. I am not suprised that this one managed to get past the SBD Police at GDM because it'll likely never see the light of day as an offical release thanks to Jerry's clunker at the very end of Morning Dew (and that Blackbird...pew, what a stinker). But as a show from a purely Deadhead prespective, this is a MUST HAVE...not only are the above mentioned flaws endearing, our collective ability to laugh along with them, and in the case of Blackbird, ~quite literally~ laugh along with them, makes those flaws easily forgivable.
This was one of the best shows that I've ever seen, flaws and all, and I've been listening to a AUD casstte of it for the past 21 years. It was also one of the best times that I've ever had at a show, and I assure you there is a lot of competition for that statement. It was the fourth of four shows during that blisteringly hot and dry Summer of 1988, coming hard on the heels of one of the worst shows I'd ever seen the very night before (it was clear that Jerry had been using during drums). I could go on and on about the 5-day adventure itself; suffice to say that is was deeply elemental and lysergic.
Drums and Space are awesome, speaking of lysergic, and we are treated to an unusual set list (how many shows have New Orlean standards for both set openers?). If you want a show to listen to while hanging drywall or painting a room, this is it.
The AUD version of this show has more soul to it as any AUD will, so you'll want to download that one too. In this SBD I can hear both guitars as well as Jerry's voice playing the "room" with a flange-like effect that is absorbed by the roof of the shed in the AUD version, and it is so obvious to my ears that, when used, it is somewhat distracting. But when played outdoors, especially if reflected off of a wall by a really solid set of speakers, I think that this SBD could could sound like you were really out there on the hill at Alpine dancing to the same beat with 45,000 of your friends.